Though Georgia sees a fair share of car accidents every year, none of its cities made the top 10 list that has been compiled by Go Safe Labs, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. Researchers ranked not only the 10 cities with the most car accidents in 2019 but also the 10 most accident-prone regions. The results may be surprising.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has reported that 92.9% of drivers surveyed categorized running through a stoplight that was turning red as unacceptable. Still, 42.7% of those surveyed said they'd done it in the prior 30 days. Drivers in Georgia are aware that red light cameras can increase driver safety have on driving behavior, but many argue the devices are inaccurate or unfair.
Drunk driving crashes claim the lives of 30 people each day in the U.S. What Georgia residents should know is that there is technology out there that can help prevent these crashes by keeping an intoxicated person from driving in the first place. In particular, the ignition interlock device, or IID, makes it so that drivers cannot start their car until they pass a breath test.
Georgia residents may be aware that there is a nationwide opioid crisis. This has had its effect on crash rates. A new study published in JAMA Network Open analyzed 18,321 fatal two-car crashes recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and found that 1,467 of the drivers involved in these crashes tested positive for opioids. Not only that, but there were twice as many at-fault opioid users than there were users who were not at fault.
Georgia residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the National Safety Council, around nine people in the United States die every day, and approximately 100 others are injured in automobile accidents stemming from distracted driving.
A study from Michigan State University has resulted in some important data regarding teen drivers and distractions. It comes just in time for Teen Driver Safety Week, which is from Oct. 20 to 26. Parents in Georgia will want to make sure their teens understand the risk they run when driving distracted.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a study focusing on frontal crashes that injured rear-seat passengers, has found that rear-seat safety is lagging behind front seat safety, though not because of any defect. Rather, front seats have been getting so much attention that rear seats are now deemed the less safe of the two. Residents of Georgia may be wondering what can improve rear-seat safety.
The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is encouraging vehicle manufacturers to produce and develop technology in all vehicles to prevent drunk drivers from operating the car. The announcement came at a 2019 congressional hearing. Manufacturers had previously said that such technology should be available by 2020.
Teen drivers, being inexperienced, are usually more liable to get in auto accidents here in Georgia. The chances of an accident are even higher during the summer when teens are out on the road more. Ford Motor Company has pointed to the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as especially dangerous for teen drivers, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls this the 100 deadliest days for teens.
Georgia drivers may be interested to learn that there were a reported 34,247 fatal motor vehicles accidents in 2017 that resulted in 37,133 deaths. Even with automakers consistently coming out with new safety features and high-tech crash avoidance systems, car accidents are still the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers. This may be due to certain vehicles being historically more deadly than others. Therefore, those who are looking for used vehicles for younger or newer drivers should choose their new car carefully.